November 1, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 11/04/2020

President's Note

In the next three newsletters, you will find articles about our new Executive Board Directors. They are special people who are offering their expertise and time to keep our TMTA programs top notch. I know you will be interested in finding out something personal about them, and the goals they would like to see TMTA achieve.
Sadly, we have a couple of deaths of longtime members to report. You can read a condensed obituary of each of them below, and find a link to the full one, if you would like to read further.
Finally, there is a quick reminder to send in your suggestions for Director nominations by Nov. 15th (and this includes if you would like to be considered YOURSELF!) We need your input.
Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be In Tune with TMTA.
Dr. Roy Wylie, NCTM
TMTA President


8 pm

TMTA Nominating Committee 

Rick Valentine, Chair 

The TMTA Nominating Committee is extending its deadline for nominations for two director positions opening on the TMTA Executive Board starting July 1, 2021. There will be four nominees proposed for the two seats available. Job descriptions for TMTA Directors are available on the TMTA Website under Governance.
If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, please fill out the form here.  The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.

Meet your Board! Libby Vanatta, Awards Director

Libby Vanatta joins the TMTA Board this year after completing a term as Collegiate Chapter Chair.  Libby joined MTNA as a collegiate member while taking her first piano pedagogy course as an undergraduate student and has been a member in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  Designated a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Libby continues to be active in the organization and currently holds three positions: Advisor to TAMUC Collegiate Chapter, Treasurer for Hunt County MTA, and Awards Director for Texas Music Teachers Association. She won the TAMUC Collegiate Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2016 from the TAMUC Student Organization Activities Committee. While in Mississippi, she served on the Mississippi Music Teachers Association board as Certification Chair and vice president membership for the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League. While in Illinois, she was the Advisor to the University of Illinois Collegiate Chapter and served as President and Vice President for the Decatur Area Music Teachers Association.  
Libby is thrilled to have this new opportunity to serve the piano teachers of Texas. She looks forward to learning more about the inner workings of the organization and finding new ways to contribute. As Awards Director, she is especially excited to promote and recognize the exceptional work being done by local associations and individual members from all over the state.
Libby is a native of Middle Tennessee and joined the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010. She currently oversees the piano pedagogy degrees as well as coordinates the class piano curriculum. An active accompanist in Commerce, she has performed throughout the country at conferences, competitions, and in guest artist recitals as well as at international festivals. Libby holds a Bachelor of Science in piano performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.